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The Burroughs Corporation was a major American manufacturer of business equipment. The company was founded in 1886 as the American Arithmometer Company and after the 1986 merger with Sperry Univac was renamed as Unisys. The company's history paralleled many of the major developments in computing. At its start it produced mechanical adding machines, and later moved into programmable ledgers and then computers. And while it was one of the largest producers of mainframe computers in the world, Burroughs also produced related equipment as well, including typewriters and printers.

In 1886, the American Arithmometer Company was established in St. Louis, Missouri to produce and sell an adding machine invented by William Seward Burroughs (grandfather of Beat Generation author William S. Burroughs). In 1904, six years after Burroughs' death, the company moved to Detroit and changed its name to the Burroughs Adding Machine Company. It soon was the biggest adding machine company in America.

Burroughs was one of the eight major United States computer companies (with IBM, the largest, Honeywell, NCR Corporation, Control Data Corporation, General Electric, RCA and UNIVAC) through most of the 1960s. In terms of sales, Burroughs was always a distant second to IBM. In fact, IBM's share of the market at the time was so much larger than all of the others, that this group was often referred to as "IBM and the Seven Dwarfs."[2] By 1972 when GE and RCA were no longer in the mainframe business, the remaining five companies behind IBM became known as the BUNCH, an acronym based on their initials. At the same time, Burroughs was very much a competitor. Like IBM, Burroughs tried to supply a complete line of products for its customers, including Burroughs-designed printers, disk drives, tape drives, computer printing paper, and even typewriter ribbons. In the 1950s, Burroughs worked with the Federal Reserve Bank on the development and computer processing of magnetic ink character recognition (MICR) especially for the processing of bank cheques. Burroughs made special MICR/OCR sorter/readers which attached to their medium systems line of computers (2700/3700/4700) and this entrenched the company in the computer side of the banking industry.

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From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B6500 6700 :: 5000276 Burroughs B6700 HANDBOOK VOLUME I Hardware
Topics: burroughs, handbook, stack, data, printed, operator, code, america, interrupt, ebcdic, america...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B7700 :: 1060233 B7700 RefMan Feb76
Topics: stack, memory, word, operator, address, data, program, control, interrupt, control word, memory...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B5000 5500 5700 :: listing :: B5700 TSS Intrinsics May77
Topics: comment, disk, rel, subroutine, xwf, real, array, address, procedure, omit, set omit, disk address,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B5000 5500 5700 :: listing :: mcp mkXV :: B5700 MCP XV.3.00 Apr75
Topics: omit, set, inx, ooooto, ooooio, erm, real, disk, array, rel, set omit, pop omit, ooooto ooooto,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B1700 :: 1053360 B1700 FE Tech May73
Topics: micro, data, memory, output, logic, clock, burroughs, true, input, central system, technical...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B5000 5500 5700 :: listing :: B5700 TS-MCP MarkXV.3.00 Feb74
Topics: omit, pop, procedure, real, inx, set, endi, array, lit, label, set omit, pop omit, real procedure,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B6500 6700 :: 1058633 B6700 RefMan May72
Topics: processor, stack, memory, control, interrupt, operator, word, data, operand, control word, disk...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B6500 6700 :: softwareNotes :: 5011257 6000 Series Sys Notes 3.1 Sep79
Topics: mcp, data, file, transaction, error, program, algol, message, base, data base, data set,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burrBrown :: dataBooks :: 1989 Burr-Brown Integrated Circuits Data Book
Topics: input, output, voltage, current, offset, data, temperature, figure, gain, supply, data book, power...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: cms :: 2032801 CMS OperationsGuide Mar85
Topics: disk, file, error, message, files, system, input, utility, output, program, suggested action,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B6500 6700 :: softwareNotes :: 5001068 B6700 Software Notes 2.7 May75
Topics: mcp, patch, file, cobol, acr, cande, disk, error, algol, fortran, mcp mcp, management redesign,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B5000 5500 5700 :: listing :: mcp mkXV :: B5700 MCP Intrinsics Apr75
Topics: comment, disk, subroutine, xcjc, rel, procedure, xwf, array, real, xxx, set omit, xcjc xcjc, disk...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B1700 :: 1053360 B1700 FE Tech Nov72
Topics: micro, memory, data, output, logic, clock, burroughs, input, true, central system, technical...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B5000 5500 5700 :: listing :: B5700 DCMCP Sep77
Topics: declared, real, stream, label, occurs, oooolo, variable, omit, declarfd, ooooto, stream variable,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: electrodata :: 220 :: BALGOL listing May61
Topics: bun, cnst, stp, cad, sta, ldr, ifl, ldb, hlt, cll, cnst cnst, stp bun, hlt hlt, stp cmplx, temp...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B5000 5500 5700 :: listing :: B5700 ESPOL Aug77
Topics: segment, declared, procedure, comment, label, stream, parameter, define, occurs, integer, stream...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B6800 :: 5001290 B6800 sysRef Jul77
Topics: memory, data, stack, interrupt, system, control, operator, word, address, system reference,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B800 :: B800 CPUschematics
Topics: circuit, scl, burroughs, schematic, corporation, unit, list, shi, termination, rev, circuit list,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B5000 5500 5700 :: listing :: B5700 ESPOL Disk Aug77
Topics: comment, procedure, seg, elclass, thfn, voided, segment, boolean, thf, array, comment comment,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B5000 5500 5700 :: listing :: B5700 Algol Oct77
Topics: segment, declared, comment, label, procedure, define, occurs, parameter, integer, stream, comment...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B5000 5500 5700 :: listing :: cande :: Cande Jan77
Topics: procedure, segment, case, boolean, neq, seg, define, array, stream, gtr, stream procedure, define...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: terminal :: TD730 TD830 Technical Specification Apr76
Topics: terminal, data, character, cursor, burroughs, ctrl, keyboard, display, oate, components, electronic...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B5000 5500 5700 :: listing :: mcp mkXIV :: MCP MkXIV olmaint
Topics: integer, lss, neq, procedure, gtr, label, thfn, lit, boolean, omit, stream procedure, spop omit,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B6500 6700 :: softwareNotes :: 5011570 6000 Series Sys Notes 3.2.1 Part2 May81
Topics: series, mcp, file, release, field, update, command, data, error, release level, series field, field...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: 200-21001B B200 SeriesRefMan Jul64
Topics: tape, instruction, bbb, magnetic, buffer, address, punch, unit, aaa, paper tape, magnetic tape,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B5000 5500 5700 :: AA119117 B5700 MCP Ref 1972
Topics: file, disk, program, message, mcp, address, descriptor, segment, system, user, disk address,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B5000 5500 5700 :: 1021326 B5500 RefMan May67
Topics: word, control, syllable, unit, interrupt, program, bits, character, processor, control word,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: series L :: 1045481 L TC Basic Assembler Apr70
Topics: instruction, code, program, label, parameter, assembler, memory, print, accumulator, paper tape,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B7700 :: 1060233 B7700ref Jan73
Topics: memory, stack, word, data, address, control, operator, program, interrupt, control word, stack...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B5000 5500 5700 :: listing :: mcp mkXIV :: MCP MkXIV dc1000
Topics: procedure, precision, thf, define, sen, spu, labc, integer, real, punchtog, stream procedure, sen...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B6900 :: 5010986 B6900 sysRef Jul81
Topics: memory, system, data, mlip, word, interrupt, control, stack, command, system reference, reference...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B6500 6700 :: 1043676 B6500 RefMan Sep69
Topics: stack, operator, interrupt, memory, data, operand, processor, control, word, control word, compare...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B2500 B3500 :: 1033099 B2500 B3500 COBOL Sep70
Topics: program, file, option, data, cobol, statement, character, clause, disk, verb, object program,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B800 :: B700periphCtlrSchems
Topics: corporation, connector, schematic, burroughs, assembly, ddp, cable, control, circuit, circuit card,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B6500 6700 :: softwareNotes :: 5011570 6000 Series Sys Notes 3.2.1 Nov80
Topics: file, data, series, mcp, release, error, message, syntax, base, series mark, data base, data set,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: terminal :: 1044187 B9351 B9353 Input And Display System Tech Jul73
Topics: memory, cursor, character, display, input, burroughs, tab, keyboard, sequence, technical manual,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B5000 5500 5700 :: 1031986 B5500 Handbook Aug70
Topics: message, file, program, burroughs, handbook, operator, error, descriptor, mcp, word, syntax error,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: electrodata :: 220 :: B220 DatatronRefMan
Topics: contents, operation, datatron, format, instruction, alarm, control, unchanged, operational...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: icData :: burroughs IC crossref
Topics: gate, pcxxx, dual, inverter, parts, nand, hex, output, false, amplifier, false output, hex...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B1800 :: 1090644 B1860 B1870sysRef
Topics: data, error, operation, descriptor, control, result, address, bits, memory, result descriptor,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B5000 5500 5700 :: listing :: B5700 Symbol Dumpanl
Topics: integer, boolean, procedure, array, gtr, neq, define, prt, format, step, stream procedure, boolean...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: military :: D8xx :: TR62-1 D 850 Modular Proc Sys Jan62
Topics: data, disclosed, provided, sto, burroughs, offeror, disclose, furnished, evaluate, awarded, work...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B5000 5500 5700 :: listing :: B5700 ESPOL XVI Dec76
Topics: oooo, comment, procedure, segment, integer, elclass, seg, exit, boolean, stream, oooo oooo, comment...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B5000 5500 5700 :: listing :: B5700 Symbol Dumpanl Nov77
Topics: segment, declared, integer, stream, define, parameter, boolean, procedure, seg, format, stream...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B2500 B3500 :: 1034949 B2500 B3500 Assembler Apr69
Topics: address, label, field, program, instruction, code, format, overflow, pseudo, assembler, address...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B6500 6700 :: softwareNotes :: 5010713 B6700 Software Notes 3.0 Jul78
Topics: file, data, mcp, error, array, wfl, rje, cobol, release, improvements notes, software improvements,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: electrodata :: 220 :: schematics :: 1 CPU
Topics: burroughs, data, corporation, revisions, unit, processor, processing, california, educational,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B1700 :: 1068731 SystemSWOperGuide
Topics: file, disk, message, input, mcp, program, option, files, format, input message, system operator,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B1000 :: 2212-5462E B1000 MCPII
Topics: file, program, mcp, hcp, memory, disk, burroughs, santa, user, confidential, burroughs corporation,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B6500 6700 :: softwareNotes :: B6700 Software Notes 2.4 Apr73
Topics: file, data, algol, tht, syntax, rje, basic, fur, anu, program, data base, language language, dollar...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B5000 5500 5700 :: B5700 Mark XVI.0 SysNote#14 Jun75
Topics: change, system, release, june, note, patch, mcp, corrects, file, system note, system release,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B5000 5500 5700 :: 1031986 B5500 DISK MCP Handbook Oct67
Topics: message, program, file, burroughs, handbook, operator, error, word, statement, descriptor, syntax...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: A-Series :: 1169844 aSeries AlgolPt1
Topics: array, statement, string, reference, character, algol, file, program, characters, identifier,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B80 :: 2015400 B80 MCP Memory Dump Sep79
Topics: table, memory, slice, file, disk, mcp, task, segment, descriptor, address, memory dump, virtual...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: A-Series :: 1169984 aSeries IOsubsys
Topics: file, attribute, logical, bna, attributes, files, subsystem, physical, program, port, bna logical,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B5000 5500 5700 :: listing :: TSMCP XVI Dump Aug78
Topics: oooooooo, ooocoooo, operandi, ooooo, oooocooo, oooooooc, cooooooo, oooooool, oooccooo, mcp,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B5000 5500 5700 :: listing :: B5700 X098ROU CHECKAL Apr75
Topics: segment, procedure, lit, integer, seg, oct, comment, boolean, temp, verify, test procedure, stream...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: V-Series :: 19975390A V Series Instruction Set
Topics: instruction, address, field, data, burroughs, set, disclosure, specification, consent, prior,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B2500 B3500 :: 1025475 B2500 B3500 RefMan Oct69
Topics: control, memory, tape, code, descriptor, unit, address, data, punch, result descriptor, paper tape,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B5000 5500 5700 :: listing :: mcp mkXIV :: MCP MkXIV mastest
Topics: coboltst, cobultst, move, rstn, cobqltst, ansn, cio, rsta, ansa, perform, coboltst coboltst,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B1000 :: 5024508 swOperGuideVol1
Topics: file, program, system, disk, command, software, operation, systems, specifies, volume, software...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B5000 5500 5700 :: service :: diagnostics :: B5500 Maintenance Test Routines Jan65
Topics: octl, locn, fail, octu, chp, condition, uocn, erroneous, set, inhibit, erroneous set, correct set,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B5000 5500 5700 :: listing :: B5700 Pascal Apr78
Topics: segment, declared, oooooooo, integer, thenx, define, oooo, beginx, elsex, endix, oooooooo oooooooo,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: terminal :: 1093788 TD 730 TD780 System Reference Manual Nov79
Topics: data, terminal, cursor, esc, ctrl, keyboard, key, comm, display, character, data comm, unprotected...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B1900 :: 1104932 B1800 1900 partsCat
Topics: assembly, washer, lockwasher, ohm, resistor, catalog, screw, panel, illustrated, refer, series...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B1700 :: 1109550 B9499-6 Vol3 Jun78
Topics: mode, data, address, drive, counter, operation, firecode, sector, disk, flow, disk drive, drive...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B1800 :: 1098282 B1870 FE Vol1 Nov77
Topics: memory, micro, data, logic, cache, processor, test, console, register group, central system, rotary...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: A-Series :: 1170057 aSeries Intro apr86
Topics: system, program, file, data, software, series, burroughs, systems, programs, files, series systems,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B5000 5500 5700 :: listing :: B5700 Lisp Apr77
Topics: segment, seg, neq, procedure, real, eql, start, array, define, nullist, real procedure, neq...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B1700 :: 1084365 B9499-3 Vol1 Aug77
Topics: dpec, mode, data, address, cmnt, loc, counter, test, cntr, drive, disk pack, loc cntr, result...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B5000 5500 5700 :: listing :: patches :: TSSMCP Patches 790807
Topics: patch, tssmcp, thf, thfn, thts, lit, endi, omit, msa, mcp, thts patch, msa central, set omit, pop...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B1700 :: 2102380 B1700cardTstr Sep76
Topics: logic, pin, tester, test, clock, switch, node, fct, pulse, card tester, card pin, field card,...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B900 :: 1118478 B900 Mem Dump Users Guide Nov82
Topics: processor, error, ffff, field, file, table, task, data, dump, memory, ffff ffff, dump file, task...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B1700 :: 1053378 B1700inst Feb76
Topics: power, system, installation, input, burroughs, kva, leg, equipment, printer, requirements, input...
From the bitsavers.org collection, a scanned-in computer-related document.burroughs :: B1700 :: 1070281 B1700pwrSubsy Nov76
Topics: volt, supply, power, output, voltage, circuit, subsystem, inverter, regulator, logic, power...